This is a discussion on SHOPPING FOR A KNIFE? Here's what we carry. within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; A Cold Steel Ti-lite Titanium An Emerson Combat Kirambit Both good choices! Those are outstanding SD knives. And if you'll permit me, a brief rant: ...
Both good choices! Those are outstanding SD knives.A Cold Steel Ti-lite Titanium
An Emerson Combat Kirambit
And if you'll permit me, a brief rant: Not every handgun has to be a Glock. Not every flashlight has to be a Surefire. And not every knife has to be a Spyderco. These will always be "safe" buys because you'll get mad props on the Internet and the masses will always agree with you.
But if you are trained and commit to research, you can find equal or better options, often at lower cost. The Cold Steel Ti-Lites (both 4 and 6-in.) are very arguably some of the best general SD knives on the market. They can be modified to be even better.
The Emerson Kerambits are more specialized, but if you have any experience with Silat or Escrima, then you can deploy this kind of blade in combination with your H2H combatives to devastating effect. I carry a kerambit in a side holster or the 6" Ti Lite for SD, and for general EDC the Graham Razel is proving to be a very useful tool.
Something to consider when choosing a SD knife are the statistics on CCW handguns. Over 99 percent of self-defensive uses of handguns do not involve discharging the firearm. In a similar manner, a knife can be a powerful deterrent to a criminal and its presentation may be enough to avert attack. Just as people try to avoid being shot, nobody looks forward to a knife fight.
So there's always a benefit to a good fighting knife that has a forceful presentation. A balisong opening or a sharp "snap" of a folder locking are the kind of thing that tells the opponent to back off. I wouldn't count on it, so I train often and hard, but I still hope that if I have to draw, there's still a chance to avoid use.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
"He who hesitates is lost"
I carry a Benchmade AXIS Mel Pardue, partially serrated. Use use it for everything.
"A man's got to know his limitations." Inspector Harry Callahan
Ka-Bar TDI, small, law enforcement model. It's on my weak side hip everyday.
"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Eccl. 10:2
just ordered a spyderco tasman salt.